Model aiming to be ‘like 1950s housewife’ struggles to find ‘old-fashioned’ man to date


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Claire Gray says she would rather be taken to McDonald’s than be expected to split the bill and recently dumped her ex when he didn’t hold her hand when crossing the road

Claire Gray recently dumped her ex for failing to hold her hand when crossing the road

Many fellas would love it – a piping hot meal on the table as they return to a spotless home.

It’s what Claire Gray wants too as she models herself on a perfect 1950s housewife. But what sounds like domestic bliss has turned out to be a bit hit-and-miss. And after a number of failed relationships, Claire, 39, fears she may be too out of date to date.

The former model, who wears prim 1950s-style dresses and twinsets from her gran, says: “I’m like a 1950s housewife – I believe the man should work and the woman should look after the home.

“They should have dinner on the table for their man and make sure household chores are taken care of.”

The flip side is that Claire won’t tolerate a chap who doesn’t live up to her high standards. She also comes with a list of demands of her own.

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Psychotherapist Claire, of Swansea, expects to be treated “like a lady” and courted like a character from Downton Abbey or Bridgerton.

She says: “A man must get out and knock on my door for a date.

“He must open the car door for me – not just on a first date but always. He should always pay for the date. I actually cringe when I see women going up to a bar to pay. It is not the woman’s place and it is embarrassing.

“He must not swear, or if he does, he must apologize. He must drive most of the time and always put petrol in my car – I shouldn’t have to get my own petrol.







Claire Gray from Swansea in South Wales who describes herself as a 1950’s housewife
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“I expect flowers and romantic gestures. I should be made to feel special. As the relationship progresses, if heading towards marriage and children, he should know that I will not be working once children come along.”

Claire – crowned Mrs Wales in the over30s category last year – also expects her man to hold her hand when crossing the road.

She says she recently dumped an ex professional footballer after two months for failing to do just that during a romantic trip to Paris.

“I have spent a fortune on myself,” she says. “But he forgot to hold my hand and I refused to sit next to him on the plane. I said ‘That’s it’. He could n’t believe it and he told me I was harder to work than a WAG! ”







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Claire wants a man that will drive and put petrol in her car
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But Claire insists chivalry is more important than money, declaring: “I would rather a man take me to McDonald’s and pay for me than take me to a plush restaurant and expect us to split the bill.”

She often tests men on dates by asking if she should get the next “I want them to be mortified that I would buy them a drink,” she says.

That’s if they get to the date stage at all, as she often rules men out on dating apps for having kids while unmarried.

Claire also has strict rules around intimacy and reprimands pals for one-night stands.







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She won’t have sex with a man in the first six months – and only when a “proposal is imminent”.

Claire goes on: “I never kissed on the first date. It would take at least five or six dates for me to consider it. I’m so anti-feminist. Women these days are easy and will sleep with men on the first date.

“Then men start expecting that – it makes it hard for people like me.”

At first, she says men love her attentive ways. She says: “They think ‘Great!’ and fall in love with me quickly. But once they realize they have to uphold their end of the bargain and can’t live up to the ideal of a 1950s man, they fall out of love just as fast.”

Claire admits this can make it tough to find a lasting relationship. She adds: “My longest was five years. I can’t believe I stayed for so long with no promise of marriage. My standards are much higher now.

“My dad is a true people, a real romantic and gives Mum flowers and writes her poetry. Mum was a stay-at-home housewife.

“That’s the relationship I want. I know my views are prehistoric and aren’t very popular but I am desperate to find love. “I just want a good, old fashioned man to settle down and grow old with.”

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